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How to import your Boot Camp partition into a Parallels Desktop virtual machine?

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Question

I would like to import my existing Boot Camp based Windows into Parallels Desktop. How do I do that?

Information

  1. Launch Parallels Desktop and select File > New on Mac menu bar to create a virtual machine.

  2. In the appeared Parallels Desktop Installation Assistant choose Use WIndows from Boot Camp, then follow the onscreen instructions.





    NOTE: You can change the virtual machine's name, location and customize its settings before creation.


     
  3. After passing the customization screen, your virtual machine will be created in the chosen location on your Mac's hard drive.


     

When you launch Windows through Parallels Desktop for the first time, Parallels Tools drivers will install automatically allowing seamless operation between Windows and macOS. Once Parallels Tools are installed, you will be prompted to restart Windows.

After importing Boot Camp partition into Parallels Desktop you can still use the original Boot Camp Windows installation separately from Parallels Desktop.




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